Cole M Stover completed his bachelor’s degree in percussion performance at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music in 2019. He studied with Michael Spiro, Steve Houghton, Kevin Bobo, and John Tafoya at university, and countless other incredible instructors since he began playing drums in 3rd grade. He grew up in many places as a Air Force brat, but calls Colorado and Georgia home. He has benefited from diverse instruction in orchestral percussion, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian percussion, popular and jazz drumset, popular and jazz vocals, and Afro-Cuban folkloric and popular vocal genres. His passion for music has grown exponentially since he began playing the drumset, and today he is an active free-lance musician, songwriter, and teacher based in Castle Rock, CO.
As a performer, Cole is an experienced percussionist, drummer, and vocalist. Some career highlights include performing with Bootsy Collins at the Cincinnati Music Festival, touring with the IU Soul Revue, IU Wind Ensemble, and the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony, running and performing with his own cover band Top Shelf, and performances with Michael Spiro, Wayne Wallace, Jeremy Allen and many others. As a recording artist, Cole can be heard with the Liberation Music Collective, Matixando, Los Niños de la Noche, Soneros de la Caliza, and countless Indiana University faculty and student musicians.
As a teacher, Cole has taught percussion students at Feagin Mill Middle School, given clinics on traditional Afro-Cuban percussion at University of Central Florida and Indiana University. He has taught drumset, percussion, and vocal students privately since 2010. He is currently the coach for the Pikes Peak Winds percussion section at the Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Association, a percussion coach at Pine Creek High School, and a private lesson instructor in Colorado Springs, Castle Rock, Denver, and the surrounding areas.
Cole’s approach to instruction is rooted in a solid technical foundation and a thorough understanding of basic musical concepts that are crucial to developing musicianship and understanding music theory. While he has his preferred methods and books to assist instruction and practice, he understands that each student is unique and is committed to tailor each lesson to an individual’s needs while maintaining a fun and productive atmosphere. He encourages his students to listen to music often and attend live performances whenever possible to help cultivate a passion for music and practice.
Alana Dym did not come from a family of musicians, but certainly came from a family of music fans. Music was constantly being played through her house growing up and Alana was there listening, but her ear seemed to focus on the drums. She absolutely loved the way the drums sounded and wanted to create those sounds on her own. Alana started taking private drum lessons at 13 and has been performing in various musical groups since she was 16. Her love of drumming and percussion led her to the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music where she studied classical percussion under international percussionist and composer, Ney Rosauro. She also studied Afro-Cuban hand percussion with first-call studio percussionist and Grammy winner, Richie Bravo, and jazz drum set under accomplished professor and player, John Yarling.
While attending the University of Miami, she expanded her studies and received her bachelor’s degree in Music Engineering focusing on studio techniques such as recording and mixing audio, circuit design, and wave propagation. Alana spent many productive years after graduating in Miami working with many bands of varying genres from hip hop to house to indie pop and everything in between. She enjoyed having her playing become a staple in the Miami music community.
During her time in Miami, she completed three cross-country tours. She has also played on stage at many major Florida festivals including Bear Creek Music Festival, Virginia Key Grassroots Festival, and one of the leading electronic music festivals in the world, Ultra Music Festival. In 2014, Alana participated in the Hit Like a Girl Contest, and achieved 11th place internationally in the contest for female drummers. Alana now lives in Denver to pursue more musical goals. She is currently performing with many musical projects around town including Coal Town Reunion, Niek Velvis Blues Band, and WhiteWater Ramble. When not performing, Alana loves teaching students of all ages how to play drums and find their individual sound. In her lessons, she discovers what the student loves most about music and guides them through a step by step process of how to play the music they love the most.
Hailing from the Chicagoland area, Dylan teaches percussion and piano. He has studied with many musicians including Larry Dieffenbach, Aaron Puckett, Ben Wahlund, and Brad Stirtz. An alumnus of Kaneland High School, he continued in his education to earn a bachelors degree in jazz studies at North Central College with drum set artist Jack Mouse and pianist Chris White. In addition Dylan continues to serve as the percussionist for the American Grands performances held at Elgin Community College. Dylan is an educator and performer and keeps a schedule of private lessons, and performances in the Denver, Fort Collins, and Chicagoland area with the Dylan Good Trio, as well as others including the Fort Collins based band The Catcalls. His focus in teaching is on being a well rounded pianist, percussionist, musician, and individual. He also has worked with jazz groups and as a percussion tech in local schools (Poudre High School, Little Kids Rock: Youth Music Collective).
Kirk Larson is from Chicago, IL., and has lived in Denver for 5 years. He has been drumming for 16 years, has been playing live for 8 years, and has been teaching for 5 years. Currently, Kirk plays drums with the local Denver band, Kessel Run and does all of the management for the band as well. Aside from playing, Kirk also very much enjoys teaching students of all ages how to play the drums and has been doing it for years. Kirk likes to take a fun, challenging and engaging approach to teaching drums lessons. He will challenge his students by pushing them to step out of their comfort zones, while still making the learning experience enjoyable and rewarding. Music is Kirk's favorite thing in this world, because music is a feeling, and we all deserve that feeling. Kirk has dedicated his life to music because he believes everyone deserves to enjoy and experience music in all of its forms.